Palm Springs, Vacationing at Home

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Palm Springs, Vacationing at Home - Things to Do Around Palm Springs California

Sometimes you can make the best “vacation” memories right at home. Pretending you are a tourist in your own town provides a whole new outlook on things and oftentimes provides new experiences you might not have tried otherwise. While this is easier to do in some cities than others, Palm Springs is the perfect place to “vacation.” So what do you do on your vacation day? Palm Springs is notorious for its many golfing greens and beautiful poolside resorts, however, there are so many other activities that seem to get overlooked.

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

If you need to escape the heat or simply want to take in some incredible views of the desert, the Tramway is the perfect experience for you. The Tramway is much like a ski lift and has gondola styled cars that will transport you up Chino Canyon to the Mountain Station where you can enjoy spectacular views of the desert, two restaurants, observation decks, hiking trails, as well as historical displays. Oftentimes you can enjoy weather that is up to 40 degrees cooler at the top of the tram, and in the winter months even snow!

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens

If you’ve ever wanted to feed a Giraffe, or interact with camels, then this is the place for you! Home to stunning gardens and animals from all over the world including North America and Africa, the Zoo is an experience that can be enjoyed time and time again. It is normally recommended to visit the zoo in the mornings, especially during the summer months before the heat sets in and the animals get tired. 


Every Thursday evening Palm Springs transforms into a stunning street party featuring more than 180 different vendors lining the city’s main street. Live music and performers will entertain the crowds throughout the evening while you shop for a variety of handmade items and enjoy the cuisine from many local food vendors. This event starts between 6-7pm and lasts until 10pm.

Indian Canyons

The Indian Canyons provide hours and even days of exploring and fun. Lined with mature palm trees the canyons provide incredible hiking, spectacular views, as well as a stream and even waterfalls where you can cool off. The Palm Canyon is home to the largest grove of California fan palms, a great place for a photo op! At Tahquitz Canyon, you can find a 60’ waterfall as well as a visitor center where you can see artifact displays, learn about the history of the Canyons, gather hiking information, and even watch a short production about the canyons and their history. 

Enjoy your time vacationing at home! Spend a few days to experience all that you can, make new memories, and find the experiences that may be your new favorites. With so many unique experiences right outside your front door, your desire for vacations can be met without ever having to leave town.